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June 2, 1971: State of the Art Training Complex

June 2, 1971: State of the Art Training Complex

George Allen was a visionary.  After becoming Redskins coach in 1971, he called for a state-of-the-art training complex, something bold and futuristic in nature.  Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on June 2, 1971, and the complex – known as Redskin Park – stood as the most advanced practice facility in the NFL, by the time it opened in Chantilly, VA, before the `71 season.   It featured grass and artificial turf practice fields, and a building with every amenity a football team would want.  Allen thought the innovation would vastly improve the Redskins’ chances of winning.  Sure enough, they reached the post-season for the first time in a quarter-century in 1971 and appeared in their first Super Bowl the next year.